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How to Save Your Seeds

How to Save Your Seeds
I think the practice of saving seeds is due for a revival. Seed saving is rewarding in so many ways. It’s very easy. Basics What you basically do when you save seeds is this: you go to the seeds when they are ready and get them; you make sure they’re really dry, and then you store them. It’s as simple as that but … Getting good seeds at the right time involves knowing the usual life cycle of a plant and whether a seed will stay true. You can gather them in different ways such as plucking, rubbing, shaking or grabbing. Making sure seeds are dry enough means having a good drying space for them. Storing seeds well involves having appropriate labels and containers for them. Plant Types and Specifics Plants are annual, biennial or perennial. ~Annual plants (such as lettuce and tomatoes) flower and mature seed in the same year. ~Biennial plants (such as carrots and beets) are normally harvested as food in their first summer or fall but do not flower or produce seed until the next year. Lettuce Whew. Related:  Seeds and Seedlings

Shallots, Lemon grass and Apple plants from seeds Great video from My inspired creation. She has bought shallots,lemongrass and saved some seeds from store bought red delicious apples and has now got all of them to root. Then she can transplant to the garden and grow her own . Pretty neat. photo credit My inspired creation NEW! MEGA Survival Kit | SeedsNow.com, INC. The All-in-1 MEGA SEED BANK is our biggest Seed Bank - ever! What's Included: 55 varieties of crops. ↓ scroll down the page to see all ↓ 112,000+ seeds in total.Pack of seed starting soil pods so you can start your seeds indoors. Large Seed Storage Vault featuring a re-sealable vacuum sealed top (keeps seeds lasting years longer + superior moisture barrier. Pest, insect, and rodent resistant. The MEGA SEED BANK includes all of the following: Please enable JavaScript to view the <a href=" Sale Looking for our entire collection of seeds?

The best way to sprout strawberry seeds / growing strawberries Neat way to grow strawberry plants from the seeds on the berries you buy from the store. Fragile come unarose shows how to take seeds from your strawberries that you are eating and sprout them and then transplant the little seedlings into a container till the are ready to go in to the garden. I like it, you won’t have to buy seed or starter plants again. photo credit Fragilecomeunarose

Benefits of Honey | Honey Food Storage | The Survival Spot Blog Throughout history honey has been considered a food with unparalleled nutritional and physical benefits. For over 10,000 years (and maybe more) honey has been used as a staple food and as a medicine. This deliciously sweet substance is one of the few foods that can actually sustain human life all by itself. If you’re not already storing honey as part of your survival strategy, learning about all the surprising benefits of honey ought to convince you to start. Storage Honey lasts forever; if stored properly you will never need to worry about your honey going bad, forget about FIFO with honey. My honey is hard and crystallized! Not to worry, if your honey has become crystallized all you need to do is heat it to return it back to normal. Health Skin Honey is great for overall skin health and can even help to reduce wrinkles and nourish the skin. Antibacterial Honey has been used as an antiseptic for years, it was even one of the most popular treatments for wounds in the First World War. Wounds

Great Vegetable Seeds from The Real Seed Catalogue Hobo Stove | Practical Survivor Urban survival is a tricky subject to discuss. There are advantages to urban survival. Anywhere you look there are items in trash cans and dumpsters that can be used to improve a survival situation. Keep an open mind during any survival situation. Whether backpacking, camping, or surviving, having a way to cook can make a huge difference. A coffee can or large vegetable/ravioli can will allow you to build a stove and cook. Items used to build this stove: * Coffee can * Can opener * Tin snips * Drill and drill bits * Metal coat hanger There are many methods that could be used to build this stove. We use a metal coat hanger to build rods which will help hold up the cooking pot. The top side of a coffee can is already opened. We then used the tin snips to cut a small door. We tried to use a can piercer (triangle can opener) to make the holes instead of a drill. For this project we used a drill with a 1/2 inch drill bit to make the larger holes at the bottom of the can. Materials:

How to start plants from seed indoors to transplant in the garden later Andrea Levy, The PD With visions of plump, juicy tomatoes, crisp cauliflower and sunny marigolds dancing in their heads, some gardeners spend late winter sowing seeds indoors and pampering their emerging beauties until it's warm enough to move them outdoors. These indoor gardeners like to get growing early for several reasons. One, a packet of a dozen or so seeds, which costs a few dollars, is a fraction of what ready-to-plant botanicals cost. "It's cheaper than buying flowering plants and vegetable starts," says Christine Harris, an Ohio State University Extension Cuyahoga County master gardener, who won the statewide award of volunteer of the year at the International Master Gardener Conference in Charleston, W.V., last year. "Costs for these have skyrocketed due to fuel costs in greenhouses and for transportation." Harris, who has been starting seeds indoors for about 13 years, says she has discovered a lot of vegetables and flowers that are not available at local greenhouses. Materials

Gardening in a drought Guest post by Mark M. NOTE: This may be something to print out and store in your SurvivalMom Binder for future reference. image by International Center for Tropical Agriculture I have lived in many countries over the years, and have always had a vegetable garden. Recently, some friends told me about the bad drought in Texas. Kenya and Botswana. So how do they manage that? The technique involves three separate things, all of which are easily made by anyone with the ability to use a shovel, hammer or a trowel. Raised beds When we rented our home in Botswana, in the yard behind the house was a series of concrete troughs, roughly 4 foot wide, 2 foot deep and 15 foot long, running north to south. Shade netting Every 3 feet in the troughs was a hole, just the right size to take a ¾ inch PVC pipe. Thread watering Watering plants is the biggest problem during a drought. You may want to try it, you may not. © 2011, The Survival Mom.

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